In Season: September to November
Apples grow well around Kingston and can be found in large quantities at the market in the fall. They are very nutritious (an apple a day…) and are very versatile. They are great eaten on their own or in desserts of course, but they also make a great addition to salads, sandwiches (think green apple and cheddar cheese) or roasted with meats. Good flavour pairings for apples include: cinnamon, butter, cheese, cream, honey, vinegar, parsley, mustard, onions and pork.
Apples can be stored in a perforated plastic bag in the vegetable bin of your refrigerator. If you purchase a lot of apples at once that won’t all fit in your refrigerator (i.e. for storage over the winter) wrap each apple in brown paper or newspaper and place in a basket or ventilated box. The apples should be kept out of direct sunlight and at a cool temperature. Either way you store them, be sure to remove any bruised or rotting apples because of course, one bad apple can ruin the bunch.
Apples are extremely rich in flavonoids which are compounds that give colourful pigment to fruits and vegetables. Research suggests that they may assist in reducing the risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, asthma and type 2 diabetes. Apples are very high in vitamin C and dietary fiber.